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Mom’s Geauxing Back to School

“It’s never too late.” I’d heard it, I’d said it, but it took a while for me to believe it. It seemed too late for me to change careers. I had two small kids already. My oldest was 3 and my baby was 9 months when I first considered abandoning a teaching career to pursue […]

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When the Eldest Knows :: Transitioning Elf Duties to the Big Kid

Our Elf We got our Elf on the Shelf in 2012. I thought it would be a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit and help motivate the kids to behave and get along. For the most part, she’s contributed her share of motivation, but ultimately, they just love the magic that she brings. […]

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Give Experiences, Not Things :: A Mom’s Wishlist

There seems to be a lot of different approaches to giving gifts for Christmas. There’s the four gift rule: something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need. There’s the free-for-all. There’s the “Santa gifts” and “Mom and Dad gifts.” And then, there’s the gift of experiences. I recently came across an […]

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Our Family’s Holiday Tradition : Christmas Eve Books

Jolabokaflod Last year, I read about Jolabokaflod, or the Yule Book Flood; a tradition that takes place in Iceland. I was so excited to start this tradition in my own family, especially after watching Frozen’s Holiday Special ten-thousand times and feeling like we needed our “own” tradition. Something we could all look forward to each year […]

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Why We Love Our Elf on the Shelf

Last night our impish Elf on the Shelf, Apple, made her first arrival of the year. The kids have been asking about her for at least two weeks and were excited and happy to see her. She brought them each a chocolate advent calendar along with a note. We’ve been asked that question 437 times […]

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Why Magazine Subscriptions Make a Great Gift for Kids {Avoiding the Fourth Grade Slump}

Kids Love Stories From birth and beyond, fiction is presented to us and typically, this is where we fall in love with reading. Once Upon a Time … are the words we look for when we know something wonderful is about to happen. We get to travel to distant lands, meet magical creatures and go […]

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So This Is Seven

You know how with each age you approach brings new and exciting things? In the beginning, I thought seven just may be my favorite year yet. As we are scarily close to eight, I find myself wondering if eight is going to be great. Because seven … seven is exhausting! My daughter Lexi is my […]

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The Unexpected Boy Mom

When I heard my lovely doctor say “It’s a Boy!” after I delivered my first child, I was in shock. Boy? What did she say? Did she just say boy? I looked at my husband in a panic. No, that can’t be right. I was 100% certain I was having a girl. We decided to […]

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